As a psychotherapist and a nutritionist, I am happy to hear clients coming to me with their health problems and asking for a natural alternative to prescription drugs. I realize this is a step in the right direction. This is where my job begins. I need to educate them that even though they want a natural product for their symptoms, just treating symptoms is a misnomer. It is a current paradigm and the first approach to healthcare that is thought of and that most people are trapped in due to the way health has been viewed for decades. You get sick, you go to the doctor, the doctor assesses your symptoms, the symptoms are treated through drugs, therapy or surgery, the symptoms are arrested or masked and suffering is eased. The job is completed. There is no change in lifestyle, no change in evolution of the human being and no modulation of possible genetic expression.
Or a person goes in for a physical and blood labs are drawn. Results show that the person is just under or over “normal” ranges and nothing is done. They are sent away with no guidance of how to change their health for the better or re-direct the body away from what is surely a progression toward disease and told to come back in six months or a year and then, maybe your blood will fall into a “sick” range and we will give you a pill or suggest surgery.
The second approach to healthcare is what is called functional wellness. This view of human health is much more expanded. You come in and whether you are already ill or marginally well, symptoms are assessed and root causes are fleshed out. Possible disease progression is discussed. Treatment is initiated based on the cause of the symptom. Lifestyle changes are undertaken by the client motivated by the understanding of disease progression and knowledge of genetic expression and the experience of seeing family members who have not undertaken interventions and have suffered with diabetes, neurological disorders, auto immune problems or cancer. This is a better model than the first, but the drawbacks are that it is based on fear and the client’s motivation waxes and wanes throughout their lifetime.
The third approach to healthcare is a human wellness model called transformational wellness. Specific symptoms are not treated, but are used as a guide to upstream events happening in the body. The upstream events are supported and in doing this, downstream symptoms disappear. The real changes that occur by effecting the upstream events are the profound changes in body, mind and spirit. An individual is awakened and supported to realize their own empowerment, to reclaim their divinely attributed healthy vitality; to guide them to self-enlightenment, self-actualization.
This work is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work and once on the road to optimal health, there is no turning back. It is a delicate balance of providing the milieu for change for the client at the client’s pace, which is different for everyone. But is work that is well worth it. You only have one life to live, make it your best life!
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